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Short Descriptions for Tasks

What is a good short description for a task?

Some of the short descriptions indicated as "good" in the class assignments simply restated information that was in the short description of the related concept. The task's short description may have been written differently and in the imperative, but it was redundant information.

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Self on Help

"Airplane Help"

"Airplane Help" describes a technique whereby locally installed Help and server-based Help are integrated, so that a software application user is presented with server Help if he or she has an Internet connection, or local Help if not. The advantage of this approach is that the most current version of the Help is displayed if possible, but at least some form of Help is displayed when the user is "offline". Can DITA play a role in delivering Airplane Help?

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UCSC DITA XML Intro course - assignment 2 - results with comments

Assignment 2: DITA authoring


  • Review the presentation at http://www.ditausers.org/tutorials/basics/Priestley_Authoring/
  • Read section 3.1 of the DITA 1.1 architectural specification:
  • Read the description of <shortdesc> in the DITA 1.1 language specification:


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JustSystems Makes DITA Maturity Model Available as Free Web Download

JustSystems announced the “DITA Maturity Model” is now available as a free download. Co-authored by JustSystems and IBM experts, the DITA Maturity Model defines the industry’s first graduated, step-by-step methodology for successfully implementing DITA. 

The DITA Maturity Model divides DITA adoption into six levels, each with its own required investment and associated return on investment.

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X-Pubs 2008 Announces 'Customer-Centric' Focus

The X-Pubs 2008 conference to be held in London on June 22-24 will focus on how Web 2.0, DITA, CMS and S1000D can re-invent your customer's content experience. "If you are going to invest in XML-related technologies such as DITA, Component Content Management (CCMS), S1000D, the customer experience should be high on the initiatives priority list." said Noz Urbina, XML Content Management Consultant and member of the topic-review board for X-Pubs.

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